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BURLEY • This year’s fire season not only cleared out thousands of acres of vegetation, but has also exposed culturally and historically significant artifacts across south-central Idaho.

Public lands officials are now urging people not to disturb the relics.

“The chances are pretty high that people are going to be running across something,” said Suzanne Henrikson, archeologist with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Burley field office. “Especially in burn areas, these relics have no vegetation to cover them.”

The BLM is charged with protecting these relics and is prohibited by federal law from pinpointing the exact location of those they do find. However, Henrikson said that running across a historically valuable artifact is possible across the entire 400,000-acre BLM Twin Falls District. Read more.

KARACHI: The police and archaeology experts seem to be at loggerheads over the actual number of Gandhara relics seized earlier in the month.

Amid press reports that some artefacts have been stolen from the Awami Colony police station, both parties associated with the case are coming up with a different total for the statues.

While National Museum’s director Mohammad Shah Bokhari claims to have photographed and documented around 330 pieces earlier, the newly posted SHO at the police station, Hatim Marwat, says there are only 308 artefacts.

The police had seized a container full of Buddhist relics on July 6 and then found some more in a Korangi warehouse on July 8. As the police were investigating the case, archaeology experts, including officials from Sindh culture department and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s archaeology department, were called in to record the details of the seized relics. Read more.

The Sudanese ministry for antiquities is appealing to the international archaeological community to conduct rescue operations to salvage Sudan’s rich archaeological heritage, which is at risk from a series of dams planned in areas including Kajbar, Shereiq and Upper Atbara. The proposed dams will flood various regions along the Nile within three to six years. International experts met representatives from the ministry and the Dams Implementation Unit at the British Museum in London in May to share information and lay the foundation for a large-scale rescue campaign reminiscent of the one mounted more than a decade ago when the Merowe Dam project was under way.

One of the meeting’s key outcomes was learning how much time archaeologists have to work before the flooding begins—a simple yet vital question that resulted in much to-ing and fro-ing before those assembled received an answer. It appears that scholars have around three years until flood waters from the Upper Atbara dam are released, and around six years in the case of the Kajbar and Shereiq dams.  Read more.

KARACHI: A day after seizing dozens of third century Buddhist artefacts from a container truck, the police found more such figurines stuffed away in a warehouse in the Ibrahim Hyderi area, Korangi.

The police said that they were able to recover some more Gandhara relics on information provided by the arrested driver and cleaner of the truck. The artefacts seized on Friday morning were also stocked in the same warehouse and were loaded onto the truck.

However, the sculptures recovered on Saturday could not be shifted to the police station as they were “too heavy”. The statues were stuffed in two large boxes and one of a smaller size. SP Latif Siddiqui told The Express Tribune that a mechanical lifter was called to shift the ancient artefacts to the police station. Read more.

WORK is underway to return boulders stolen from historical sites in A’ali by saboteurs to set up roadblocks during clashes with police.

Masked youths had cut the barbed wire fence surrounding the village’s burial mounds earlier this month, took the boulders and used them to block roads.

Some of the historical boulders have also been broken into smaller pieces when they were removed from the streets by cleaning companies, the GDN earlier reported.

The Culture Ministry has started the process to return them to their original location before the sites get re-fenced to ensure no further trespassing takes place.

However, officials are worried the sites would be desecrated again as it would be easy for the youths to remove the fence.

They are urging community leaders to take a stand against acts of vandalism to ensure that Bahrain’s most valuable historic site are protected. Read more.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A 6,500-year-old Sumerian gold jar, the head of a Sumerian battle axe and a stone from an Assyrian palace were among 45 relics returned to Iraq by Germany on Monday.

The items were among thousands stolen from Iraq’s museums andarcheological sites in the mayhem that followed the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003.

The tiny gold jar, dating to 4,500 BC, the bronze axe head, clay tablets bearing cuneiform script, a metal amulet and other artifactswere seized by German police at public auctions and turned over to Iraqi officials in a ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Alexander Schonfelder, deputy head of the German diplomatic mission in Iraq, said German law dictated that any artifacts taken from Iraq after 1990 should be returned.

"This means that the German government has the right to confiscate them and that is what we have done, and given them back to Iraq," Schonfelder said.

Some 15,000 artifacts were thought to have been looted from the Iraqi National Museum and thousands more from archeological sites since the start of the 2003 war. Read more.

HANGZHOU, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) Archaeologists in east China’s Zhejiang province unearthed 708 cultural relics from a cluster of tombs dating back to the Shang and Zhou dynasties as of the end of last year, sources with the provincial archaeological institution said Thursday.

Located in the Xiaoshan district of the provincial capital of Hangzhou, the tombs were found last March when evidence of grave robbers led local authorities to the tombs.

The relics retrieved from the 45 tombs include pottery and porcelain, according to Shi Jianong, curator of Xiaoshan Museum in Hangzhou.

The relics will provide vital research material for scientists who are studying the origin and craftsmanship of ancient Chinese porcelain, Shi said.

The tombs will also play an important role in research concerning funeral customs from the Shang and Zhou dynasties, Shi said. (source)

With his spectacles, flat cap and neatly trimmed gray beard, the man who walked into the Battles for Chattanooga Museum an hour before closing time could have passed as a high school history teacher doing research.

In fact, the man was a thief, nabbing $7,000 worth of Civil War relics from a display case before walking casually out the door of the Lookout Mountain museum on Dec. 12.

Lookout Mountain police and Greater Chattanooga Crime Stoppers are trying to identify the man, whose theft was clearly caught on a museum security camera.

"We feel like it’s someone who runs in the circles of Civil War enthusiasts — maybe for the wrong reasons. He knows what he’s after and he knows what it’s worth," said Jeff Raabe, director of operations for SRC Inc., which owns the museum. Read more.